On Sunday we learned the exceedingly sad news that rock legend Lou Reed passed away at 71 years of age. At the time, no cause of death was announced but today we learn from his doctor that Lou died from liver disease (as was presumed). As you may know, Reed underwent a liver transplant back in May and, very sadly, succumbed to his illness this week. As soon as word of Reed’s death spread, musicians from every genre paid tribute to the late music icon thru various forms of social media. Click below to learn more about Lou’s death and read/see a few very nice tributes to his memory.
Lou Reed’s cause of death has been confirmed as liver disease by his doctor. Dr Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where the singer had liver transplant surgery this year and was being treated again until a few days ago, confirmed the cause of death to the New York Times. The passing of the former Velvet Underground frontman and later influential solo artist was announced on Sunday (October 27). He was aged 71. At the time of his liver transplant operation in May, his wife Laurie Anderson suggested that he might not “ever totally recover”. Reed later posted a message to fans on Facebook, where he described himself as a “triumph of modern medicine” and announced that he is looking forward to playing live again. He also returned to the stage on June 20, but in July he was rushed to hospital with “severe dehydration”. David Bowie, Morrissey, The Strokes, Patti Smith, Sonic Youth are just some of the huge list of artists who have paid tribute to Lou Reed.
“R.I.P. LOU REED,” a post on David Bowie’s Facebook page begins. “It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lou Reed who died today aged 71. (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013)” David Bowie said of his old friend: “He was a master.” Members of The Strokes were also mourning the loss of the singer yesterday. Frontman Julian Casablancas tweeted: “Lou Reed is the reason I do everything I do.” The band’s guitarist Albert Hammond Jr meanwhile tweeted: “Still in shock! When I was 18yrs old you forever changed my life and I will never forget that! See you later ?@LouReed.” Members of Sonic Youth also paid tribute, with Kim Gordon writing: “So sorry to hear of Lou Reed’s passing this is a huge shock!” The band’s Lee Ranaldo wrote: “RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable.” Chic frontman Nile Rodgers recalled the last time he had seen Lou Reed, writing on facebook: “Lou Reed, R.I.P. I did the Jools Holland show with him last year and we yucked it up. I didn’t know he was ill.”
Morrissey wrote a heartfelt tribute to Reed, which you can read in full below along with video of Moz performing a cover of Lou’s Satellite of Love:
27 October 2013
Morrissey And Lou Reed
‘Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?’
No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself.
We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.
‘7 glasses used to be
called for six good mates and me
now we only call for three’
27 October 2013
Altho I know I shouldn’t be, I’m still in a bit of shock over Lou Reed’s seemingly surprising death. As I mentioned before, I was well aware of Reed’s age AND his health problems earlier this year but illogically, it never occurred to me that Lou would ever die. There are a select few people in the world that I have this insane notion that they are immortal. It’s strange. My heart goes out to Reed’s family and friends because I cannot imagine the pain of their loss right now, coming from a fan’s perspective. The Satellite’s gone up to the sky.0